'''Aesop''' ( ; , ''Aisōpos''; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greeks|Greek
fabulist and Oral storytelling|story teller
credited with a number of fable
s now collectively known as ''Aesop's Fables
''. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.
Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle
, and Plutarch
. An ancient literary work called ''The Aesop Romance'' tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly Slavery in Ancient Greece|slave
() who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an...